DOPE Project Manager

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JOB TITLE: DOPE Project Manager

LOCATION: San Francisco

CATEGORY:  Full-Time



Do you want to work for a dynamic organization committed to ending overdose, fighting stigma, and advancing the empowerment of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use? Are you committed to promoting leadership and power in communities of color working to eliminate health disparities caused by the war on drugs? Do you have the skill and ability to support the needs of syringe services and other harm reduction programs (SSPs) in San Francisco? National Harm Reduction Coalition is seeking an energetic self starter who wants to improve the lives of people who use drugs, people engaged in sex work, and communities of color.

The DOPE Project Manager ensures low-barrier access to naloxone for San Franciscans most impacted by overdose and hard to reach populations, and trains those most likely to witness an overdose on how to use naloxone, with a focus on frontline service workers, community-based and grassroots organizations, and individuals likely to witness and/or experience overdose emergencies in their communities. This position will continue National Harm Reduction Coalition’s work addressing drug related harms in San Francisco communities, with an emphasis on increasing access to resources and  creating opportunities for leadership development, political education, and healing for front line service providers and people who use drugs through training, cohort-based learning, technical assistance and coaching.  In addition, the DOPE Project Manager oversees San Francisco’s Harm Reduction Training Institute (HRTI) and stays responsive to the needs of SSPs, frontline service providers,  community organizers, and people who use drugs in San Francisco through additional harm reduction training and technical assistance.

As a member of the Learning & Engagement team, this position contributes to the National Harm Reduction Coalition’s ongoing strategy to address harms related to the war on drugs, overdose, and racial inequities in San Francisco, with a particular focus on Black, Latinos/x, and Native American communities. This person will respond to requests from the community related to training needs, resources for service providers and organizers, and other technical assistance related to community-based overdose prevention and harm reduction work, and will work closely and partner with the San Francisco Department of Public Health in citywide strategies to address the overdose crisis.  Other duties will include supervising DOPE staff, creating, reviewing and revising materials and curricula, attending events and conferences, and other research-related activities that inform and improve National Harm Reduction Coalition’s overall capacity building.

This role is based in San Francisco, reports to the Associate Director of San Francisco Programs, and supervises DOPE’s Data and Logistics Coordinator, SF Capacity Building & Training Coordinator and DOPE Delivery Associate.

The ideal candidate is an experienced harm reductionist, who can prioritize coaching, team building and nurturing staff and community members to become overdose prevention leaders.  The candidate will have an understanding of the overall drivers of overdose (poverty, race inequities, houselessness, and lack of appropriate healthcare access) and will have the ability to focus on community outreach, training and naloxone delivery while collaborating across other city partners implementing overdose prevention work in San Francisco.


National Harm Reduction Coalition is an advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use and structural violence. As a national organization, we advance harm reduction policy and practice through six core programs:

  1. harm reduction policy and advocacy
  2. harm reduction resources including in-person and virtual trainings, self-paced online learning modules, publications, and maps to locate syringe service and naloxone programs
  3. national and regional convenings
  4. grantmaking
  5. fiscal sponsorship
  6. technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, and the US opioid crisis

Our programs center racial equity as guided by our North Star: National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces and dialogue that help heal the harms of racialized drug policies.


  • Outreach, provide and/or coordinate technical assistance and resources to San Francisco SSPs, service providers, and community organizers to build alignment with overdose prevention efforts and harm reduction best practices, including: Access to naloxone and training, organizational development and resources, overcoming community opposition to harm reduction practice, development of strategies for serving communities most impacted by overdose, the War on Drugs, and state violence (particularly Black, Indigenous and other people of color); and other ongoing training needs throughout the city.
  • Plan, implement, and manage training on overdose prevention, harm reduction and its intersection with social justice issues, Train the Trainer sessions, and other offerings through a healing justice lens for San Francisco syringe access programs, service providers, and community leaders and organizers.  Incorporate feedback from participants and collaborate with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and National Harm Reduction Coalition staff to assess needs, plan topics, design curricula and/or coordinate with external trainers as needed. 
  • Coach and supervise DOPE Data & Logistics Coordinator in submission and coordination of data, coordination of naloxone ordering and distribution, and inventory management, and supervise DOPE Delivery Associate to assure naloxone delivery to partner sites and other collaborators. Supervise and coach the SF Capacity Building & Training Coordinator in all HRTI and DOPE training offerings, facilitation, and curriculum development.
  • Provide timely reports based on contractual obligations, including quarterly reports for the DOPE and HRTI training contracts, and track completion of deliverables.  In collaboration with the Associate Director of San Francisco Programs, build and maintain close relationships and ongoing communications with SFDPH, including participating in regularly scheduled meetings with the new Behavioral Health Services (BHS) naloxone distribution program and coordinating with SFDPH CHEP outreach team.  
  • With the support of the Associate Director of San Francisco Programs, develop and distribute the DOPE Project monthly newsletter, focused on updates on the drug supply and overdose prevention landscape, monthly training offerings, and citiwide harm reduction and supply access schedules.
  • Train, onboard, and manage training consultants under the DOPE and HRTI contracts.
  • Support NHRC’s National Overdose Strategist’s national work with community partners using the DOPE Project overdose prevention and response strategies as a best practice model to develop and/or sustain community-level rapid response to OD spikes nationwide.
  • Apply and expand a racial justice and healing lens to harm reduction and center the voices of people with lived experiences of drug use, HIV, hepatitis C, overdose, homelessness, incarceration, and sex work in all work.  Identify strategies and opportunities to increase leadership and meaningful, dignified involvement of people who use drugs and uplift leadership of color in programs and advocacy initiatives.
  • Participate in and support HarmRedNow, virtual convenings, and future in person events such as National Harm Reduction Conference and California specific conferences, as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3-5 years of experience in management and/or coordination of programs or projects, within nonprofits, harm reduction programs and/or capacity building organizations.
  • Experience supervising, coaching, and developing staff and multicultural/multiracial teams.
  • Experience providing harm reduction technical assistance and training to include but not limited to community partners, health officials, and PWUDs.
  • Deep knowledge of harm reduction philosophy and application, drug user health, and issues faced by communities most impacted by the racialized war on drugs, homelessness, and overdose, ideally in San Francisco.
  • Experience working with/connection to people who use drugs, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and other underserved populations, such as unhoused communities and people living in SROs.  Bilingual English and Spanish skills are desirable. 
  • Ability to work in collaboration and experience and confidence in public speaking, training delivery, and meeting facilitation in community-based settings, with a variety of stakeholders. 
  • Must be detail-oriented, possess excellent organizational and coordination skills, with the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Comfort and proficiency in current technology products including, but not limited to- G Suite, Microsoft Suite, webinar software for training, and project management systems.
  • Must be comfortable working independently and remotely, as needed.

SALARY RANGE: NHRC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $61,800-$77,250.  New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.  

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Data and Logistics Coordinator, SF Capacity Building & Training Coordinator; DOPE Delivery Associate.

REPORTS TO:  Associate Director of San Francisco Programs


TRAVEL: Position requires minimal travel (less than 7 days per year). Please note, the organization has frozen all non-essential staff travel for the time being, in light of COVID-19. This position is considered essential within the City of San Francisco and will involve in-person services during this time, to be evaluated on an on-going basis based on staff safety.

JOB TITLE: DOPE Project Manager

LOCATION: San Francisco

CATEGORY:  Full-Time



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1460 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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TO APPLY: Please use the below link to apply online for the [Title] position.  The attachments should adhere to the following naming convention: “Lastname, Firstname_Cover Letter.” 

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People with lived or on-going experience of substance use, incarceration, homelessness, and/or sex work; people of color, women, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities; and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, National Harm Reduction Coalition views the experiences associated with these identities as assets in this role and within our organization.

DEADLINE: February 10, 2022

TO APPLY: Please use the below link to apply online for the [Title] position.  The attachments should adhere to the following naming convention: “Lastname, Firstname_Cover Letter.” 


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